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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The USA (01/08/09)

TITLE: You Never Know!
By Lonnie Skinner


You Never Know!

What begins as just another ordinary day may turn into something that impacts many people for decades, even centuries.

A baby is born in an obscure village to poor parents. No news there; it happens all the time. But two thousand years later we still honor the birth of that baby every Christmas!

He grows up to be a good man. Then one day He is executed between two thieves. A sad day, but historians thought it was insignificant. Yet His death still brings life to everyone with faith in Him.

Fast forward to one July day more than seventeen centuries later. Fifty-six men sign their name to a sheet of paper. That simple act would start a bloody, eight-year struggle that would eventually give birth to the United States of America.

During the next 233 years, the USA would experience many other routine days that produced remarkable results.

At the beginning of most of these days, folks were convinced that—to borrow a phrase from Mr. Lincoln—“the world will little note, nor long remember” anything that happens on this day.

But Proverbs 27:1 reminds us that “you do not know what a day may bring forth” (NKJV).

On one day each November, new governmental officials are elected. These leaders often redirect the paths of history.

One December 7th was a day that went down in infamy. Pearl Harbor was attacked, and the USA suspended business as usual for years of sacrifice during World War II.

On January 20th, a new President takes office. This generates scores of changes—some good, some bad—in millions of lives.

The most significant day on the calendar of USA history just might be September 11.
Troops of emotions blitz my mind as I consider it.

September 11…a day that anybody who loves this nation should never forget.

September 11…a day when courageous heroes did the right thing.

September 11…a reminder of how we must have God’s help if we are to be safe and secure.

September 11. Enemies will destroy the USA, if we do not learn from it.

September 11…if we value and use what we can learn from that day we will always have God’s blessings.

September 11…if we continue to forget and neglect it, the future of the USA is doomed.

September 11…just an ordinary day. You’ve probably not read about it in a history book. But the USA might not be here today if it were not for that day.

September 11, 1777.

The stakes were high. The war to complete the birth of the nation was in its second year. If we lost, the USA would only be a great idea that never got off the ground.

Our soldiers were desperate for provisions and weapons. But our leaders decided there was an even higher priority than just meeting physical needs in troubled times.

September 11, 1777. That’s the day the leaders of our new government voted to spend $300,000! (That’s like $300 billion for today’s congress). The purpose of this huge expenditure: to place a copy of the Holy Bible in every home in this new country.

An honest investigation of early American history confirms that the USA was founded as an experiment to prove that God honors those who honor Him. God has blessed the United States of America because the USA first blessed Him.

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34 NKJV).

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Jan Ackerson 01/15/09
Interesting premise!

I'd never heard that fact about Sept. 11, 1777. Where can I read more about it?

I like the pacing of this article.
Linda Germain 01/15/09
Thanks for sending me to find out more about ~The Battle of Brandywine Creek~ I really learned something. This is clever and creative.
Karlene Jacobsen01/17/09
That is very interesting about Sept. 11. I'd like to read more about that.
Mary McLeary01/21/09
Very thought provoking. The repetition made the piece more interesting to me. Thanks.